Prospect Preview: Week One

There are big games galore this weekend all throughout the West and UCLA coaches will be out in full force at a number of them, both tonight and Saturday...

Game of the Week: Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco at 7 p.m.
Clovis North has two elite juniors and they'll have to step up big time to compete with Bosco. 2015 defensive tackle Jacob Daniel is a load in the middle and already has double digit scholarship offers. He's the No. 23 rated recruit in the 2015 class and has the size and athleticism colleges covet in a big interior lineman. Running back Bolu Olorunfunmi is a load to bring down and as difficult to tackle as his last name is to pronounce. He was an all-state underclass selection last year and is one of the top backs in the junior class. Bosco has an embarrassment of riches with 13 players holding Div I offers. Jaleel Wadood is the No. 3 corner in the west and has committed to California. He plays safety for the Braves and is one of the most dynamic players in the region. Naijiel Hale, the No. 5 corner in the region, has committed to Arizona and rush end Malik Dorton, among the state's top pass rushers, has committed to USC. The Braves top recruit is massive offensive lineman Damien Mama who has trips set with Alabama and Wisconsin and is close to setting Notre Dame. UCLA and USC are heavily involved as well. 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen has double digit offers including Cal, Michigan, UCLA and USC and is the No. 2 signal caller in the 2015 class.

Upland (Calif.) vs. Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian at SoCal Honor Bowl at Oceanside (Calif.) at 4 p.m.
Upland will try and rebound against Oaks after a rough game against Mater Dei a week ago. Quarterback Tyler Hilinski, cornerback Elijah Jones and safety Kameron Powell are all members of the 2015 Scout 300. Powell has offers from Oregon State and Washington and San Diego State has offered Jones. Hilinski is hearing from schools all over the country but is still waiting for that first offer to roll in. Two-way standout Jeff Farrar committed to Virginia and will play receiver and corner and freshman athlete Nathan Tilford was offered by USC and Arizona State over the summer and will line up at running back, receiver and linebacker. Lions quarterback Brandon Dawkins, an Arizona commit, has one of the strongest arms in the country and can hurt a defense with his legs as well. Running back D.J. Riggins looked great on the 7 on 7 circuit and holds an offer from Hawaii and 2015 athlete Darick Holmes, who UCLA has offered, can hurt a defense out of the backfield or in the slot. Another 2015 player to watch is mammoth offensive lineman Reno Rosene, a member of the 2015 Scout 300. Rosene has an offer from Notre Dame and could emerge as one of the state's top lineman this season. Slot receiver Chris Davis is one of the state's biggest sleepers and should put up big numbers this season.

Corona (Calif.) Centennial at Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure at SoCal Honor Bowl at Oceanside (Calif.) at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7th.
Centennial is loaded on both sides of the ball. The defensive line is stacked with USC commit Austin Maloata and rush end/linebacker Jaylen Johnson. Johnson has visits set with Boise State and Oregon and is also looking hard at Notre Dame and USC. Offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao is the No. 2 ranked guard prospect in the West and gave an early commitment to Alabama and wide out Barry Ware, a UCLA commit, is a big, physical pass catcher who can run. Running back Tre Watson, a California commit, is rated the No. 8 back in the region and quarterback Robert Webber may lack the height to be a Div I signal caller but is one of the most prolific dual threat weapons in the state. St. Bonny is led by the nation's top quarterback in the 2015 class, Ricky Town. Town gave an early commitment to Alabama is the top recruit in the West Coast's loaded 2015 class. Tight end Bryce Dixon is a dynamic pass catcher who will decide between Oregon, UCLA and USC and 2015 wide out Lavan Alston is one of the fastest players in the state and clocked a 10.74-100m last spring. Colorado commit Jace Franke leads the defense and is one of the state's top pass rushers off the edge and defensive back Davonte Nunnery is another BCS prospect and has good size for a corner.

Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline vs. Bellevue (Wash.) at Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Husky Stadium at 7:00 p.m.
The game that everyone in Washington wanted a year ago comes in the opener in 2013. Bellevue won the 3A state title at 14-0 last fall while Skyline won the 4A state title with an identical 14-0 record. Their stars from a year ago are gone (the state's offensive and defensive players of the year in fact, quarterback Max Browne and current Bruin linebacker Myles Jack for Skyline and Bellevue respectively), but both teams return talent. Bellevue features the Northwest's top player in Budda Baker, a key UCLA target, who'll play safety, running back and receiver for the Wolverines. The Wolverines also feature a pair of Pac-12 commits on the defensive line in Marcus Griffin (Washington State) and Shane Bowman (Oregon State).

Gardena Serra vs. Oceanside at SoCal Honor Bowl at Oceanside (Calif.) at 8 p.m.
Serra travels back down to San Diego to play Oceanside on Friday evening. Serra has all the players, eight with UCLA offers, including committed receiver Jordan Lasley, as well as five-star cornerback Adoree Jackson, four-star linebacker Dwight Williams, three-star safety Glenn Ihenacho, 2015 five-star linebacker John Houston, 2015 four-star defensive lineman Rasheem Green and 2015 four-star running back Malik Roberson (who is out for the year with an ACL injury) as well 2016 safety Brandon Burton.  Oceanside has commits to Stanford, San Diego State, Arizona and San Jose State for one of San Diego's perennial powerhouses.

Corona Santiago vs. Mission Viejo
The Sharks will be led on defense by UCLA commit Ron Robinson and at quarterback, 2015 passer Blake Barnett, who camped with UCLA this summer and was at UCLA's opener last weekend.  Barnett told BRO that the Mazzone's will be at his game this week too.  Mission Viejo features San Jose State commit Ian Fieber at quarterback and Boise State commit Sean Modster at receiver.

West Hills Chaminade vs. Newhall Hart
Hart features one of the top quarterbacks in the country in the 2015 class, Brady White, who UCLA is watching as well as 2015 four-star receiver Trent Irwin.  Chaminade boasts UCLA commit Jojo McIntosh at safety, quarterback Brad Kaaya, a commit to Miami, athlete Donovan Lee, who UCLA is watching and 2015 offensive lineman and Scout 300 prospect Bar Milo.

La Habra (Calif.) at La Mirada (Calif.)
La Mirada is paced by tight end Tyler Luatua, a UCLA recurit and Dallis Todd along with junior Kevin Dillman, who UCLA has offered as an athlete who will power the La Mirada offense. Over 30 schools have offered Luatua, a tight end; he'll be taking official visits to Alabama, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. Todd is a talented receiver and Oklahoma commit who UCLA is still watching. They'll be receiving the ball from Dillman, a junior quarterback who built an early resume at La Mirada and is parlaying that into a host of offers. La Habra has USC commit Toa Lobendahn, Boise State commit Greg Gaines and Arizona commit Darrel Cloy.

Servite vs. Long Beach Poly
The Jackrabbits got off to a rough start in 2012 only to rebound and win the prestigious Pac-5 Championship over Mater Dei. Poly has the best defensive back tandem in the country in senior safety Juju Smith and elite junior cornerback Iman Marshall, both key UCLA targets.  Servite's top defensive prospect is linebacker Jack Savage, a 2015 prospect who's father is UCLA baseball coach John Savage and on offense, Scout 300 receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, another 2015 prospect.

El Cerrito vs. San Jose Bellarmine Prep
One of the best games in the Bay Area will feature El Cerrito, the top D-III team in the state taking on CCS powerhouse Bellarmine Prep.  El Cerrito is led by new UCLA commit Adarius Pickett, who had two interceptions in the opener and he's joined by teammate D.J. Calhoun, a USC commit who UCLA was recruiting heavily (and now Pickett is).  Bellarmine is led offensively by four-star quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels, a commit to Vanderbilt.

Fresno Central vs. Bakersfield Liberty
After doing a poor job getting the ball to five-star receiver Michiah Quick, who UCLA has set their sights on, in the opener, Central did a better job last week, and he also took measures into his own hand with a kickoff return for a touchdown.  Central defensive tackle Tashon Smallwoood has cooled on USC, where he's been committed since February, and UCLA is still recruiting him, and he's openly expressed that the Bruins are in his top five.

Carmel (Ind.) vs. Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove
UCLA verbal Austin Roberts and Carmel will host Center Grove as they look to bounce back from their first loss a week ago.

Compton (Calif.) Centennial vs. Compton
With newly committed cornerback Denzel Fisher, the Apaches look to get their first win of the season when they host crosstown foe Compton.

Auburn (Ala.) vs. Montgomery (Ala.) Jefferson Davis
Auburn boasts UCLA commit Antreal Allen and their chief linebacker target, Rashaan Evans and they'll face Jefferson Davis in their second game of the season, after shutting out Valley, 65-0.

Other UCLA Targets in Action
Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks receiver Alex Van Dyke will play Sacramento (Calif.).  Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch offensive lineman Kammy Delp takes on Pico Rivera (Calif.) El Rancho.  Lompoc (Calif.) defensive tackle Ainuu Taua goes against Bakersfield (Calif.) Frontier.  Chandler (Ariz.) with UCLA 2015 quarterback offeree Bryce Perkins and receiver recruit Dionte Sykes will take on Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Buena.


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